East Texas Fishing Report
— The East Texas Fishing Report for the week of July 16:
ATHENS — Lake Athens is three feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Peter Gould at Lake Athens Marina said bass fishing has been good to four pounds on topwaters and plastics fished in skinny water out to about eight feet; lots of bait holding around lily pad stands.
Bream are excellent. A two pounder was weighed over the weekend. Catfish are good on night crawlers and chicken livers, mostly at night.
CEDAR CREEK — Cedar Creek is three feet below full pool and clear. Surface temp is 87 degrees.
White bass and hybrids are fair at night using minnows and shad under lights, according to Dean Janke at Sunny Glen Resort. Midday bite has been tough, although there have been a few good fish reported on deep humps using spoons and deep diving cranks.
Black bass are fair on soft plastics, jigs and crankbaits fished on brushy points in 12-22 feet of water. Catfishermen are posting some decent results at night using night crawlers and cut shad.
PALESTINE — Lake Palestine is 2 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Bill Miller at Flat Creek Marina said catfish are good to 20 pounds on live shiners and night crawlers fished in 3-9 feet of water.
Crappie are fair on minnows dunked around brush and stumps in 8-12 feet of water. White bass are fair on spoons bounced on points and humps in 20-24 feet; a few hybrids are in the mix.
Black bass are fair to six pounds on plastics and crankbaits fished along drop offs.
RICHLAND CHAMBERS — RC is about seven feet low and clear. Water temperature is in the upper 80s.
Black bass are fair in 4-8 feet of water, mostly on spinnerbaits. Quality fish are tough to come by.
Catfish are good on rod and reel baited with punch bait and cut shad. The smaller fish are holding on bottom in 12-20 feet of water. Bigger blues are suspended around four feet off bottom.
White bass are schooling early and late. Anglers are scoring fast limits using 'Traps and cranks. Midday bite is best on spoons fished on humps in 16 feet of water.
Crappie are good. Plenty of limits coming on shiners and jigs fished in 14-25 feet of water. The fish are suspended 12-20 feet down.
FORK — Lake Fork is about two feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Bass are fair to eight pounds on Carolina rigs and crankbaits worked on main lake structure in 15-25 feet of water. Topwater fishing has been good under low light conditions.
Crappie are slow to fair on jigs and shiners soaked around brush piles in 20-25 feet of water
Catfish are excellent on punch bait, shrimp and cut bait. Brian Wells of San Antonio won the Sealy Outdoors Big Catfish Splash over the weekend with a 10.04 pounder caught off a pier. Wells was fishing over a baited hole using shrimp.
TOLEDO BEND — T-Bend is nearly seven feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Bass fishing has been good on Texas rig worms, buzz baits and ghost pattern Pico Pops worked along scattered hydrilla in 2-6 feet of water. Charlie Shively at Bill's Landing said the fish are relating to the edges of deep water drops.
Catfish are good to 50 pounds on trotline. Live bait is working best. Rod and reelers are picking up some nice blues using shad and punch bait in 16-20 feet of water.
Crappie are fair on jigs and shiners fished in 12-18 feet of water.
SAM RAYBURN — The lake is about 1 1/2 feet low and clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Bass are fair to good on topwaters and frogs worked around lily pads and hydrilla mats in water ranging 4-12 feet. Jigs and Texas rig creature baits are producing some solid fish up to six pounds along outside grass edges in 12 feet of water. A few good reports also coming on shad pattern crankbaits.
Crappie are good on jigs and shiners fished vertical around deep brush in 20-24 feet of water. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait.
PINKSTON — Lake Pinkston is at normal level and gin clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Bass are fair to about four pounds. Anglers are reporting best results using light tackle and small baits in the clear water conditions. Night fishing has been fair on blue fleck Power Worms dragged slowly over main lake structure in 18-22 feet of water.
Crappie are slow.
MURVAUL — Lake Murvaul is slightly below normal level and fairly clear. Water temp is in the upper 80s.
Fair numbers of slot fish are being reported at Murvaul Marina. Best midday bite has been coming on plastics rigged Texas and Carolina style. A few fish hitting surface plugs at first and light. Night fishing has been fair around the island and along creek channels in 8-16 feet of water, mostly on big plastic worms.
Crappie are fair on shiners soaked around man made brush; no limits reported. Catfish are fair on cut shad and punch bait.
SABINE LAKE — Trout and reds are taking plastics, shrimp and topwaters worked beneath feeding birds up north.
Down south, night fishing has been excellent off the pier using soft plastics and shrimp. Jetty fishermen are finding a mixed bag of reds and specks at the rocks.
— Matt Williams